When facing a challenge, our choices determine our future. A workplace injury—one of the most difficult challenges you may face in your lifetime—is no different.
The most important choice you and your family can make during this time is who you reach out to for help. Do you enlist the aid of a large law firm, where your claim may be reduced to a file number passed from one paralegal to another? Or do you contact an Ohio Worker’s Compensation attorney directly, a lawyer who will give you his personal attention from the moment you dial that first phone call?
At Martin S. Horwitz, Attorney at Law, I know that, after a serious workplace injury, you and your family need someone who understands the confusion, pain and suffering you are experiencing and has the background necessary to handle your claim. You have dozens of questions and no one to trust. Your employer has his own attorney and will do what is best for his business. Your friends and family may mean well, but no two claims are the same so their situation will be different from yours. The Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) will assign a claims rep to your case, but they cannot give legal advice or represent you. In this entire claim process, no one represents your interests but your own attorney.
I am a Board Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation (1 of only 150 in Ohio), with 35 years of practice, and thousands of claims handled in this area of law. I am accessible, experienced and professional. My philosophy is simple.
- No office visits. Free phone reviews of your claim at your convenience including evenings and weekend. Claims can be started over the phone.
- Explain every concept in simple, straight forward language.
- Explain and navigate the complicated “red tape” world of the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.
- Fight to get medical treatment and money for lost wages early in the claim so you can focus on recovery.
- Follow through on longer term benefits such as wage loss, additional medical allowances, vocation rehabilitation, and permanent partial or permanent total awards.
- File for lump sum settlements when all other benefits have been exhausted.
- No “pie-in-the-sky” promises. No quick settlements.
- Make sure that every client question is answered and fight for every benefit, treatment and cash award possible.
- Build long-term, professional relationships with injured workers and their families.
If you have been injured in the Cleveland metropolitan area, or anywhere in Cuyahoga, Lorain, Lake, Geauga, Medina, or Summit counties, contact Martin S. Horwitz, Attorney at Law today. You and your family deserve the dedicated attention of an experienced workers’ compensation attorney.
Cleveland Metropolitan Area Workers’ Compensation Attorney
An injury at work can drastically alter the life of you and your family. When you live paycheck to paycheck you can’t afford unnecessary periods of delay while you wait to find out if your lost time and medical bills will be covered. And that is exactly what almost every Ohio injured worker faces in the processing of a claim. Even when an injury appears obvious and even if there are witnesses, an injured worker’s clear rights to benefits can be delayed by uncooperative employers, doctors who fail to complete necessary forms and the BWC’s conservative guidelines that lead to frequent denials of necessary medical treatment and diagnostic testing. The end result is unnecessary periods of extended time off work and in some cases, the development of emotional distress.
My responsibility as your attorney is to be your advocate. Right from the beginning, I will explain whether or not you are covered by the workers’ compensation system. We will discuss the benefits you may be entitled to. I will explain how to get a claim filed. We will talk about the misconceptions that surround a claim. We will discuss the early steps involved in processing a claim and the actions I take as your attorney and you take as the claimant to speed the process along. And that’s all in our first phone consultation!
If your claim is allowed, depending on the severity of the injury and the amount of time off work, there may be over a dozen benefits you might be entitled to. Your employer, friends, and the BWC may not provide you with accurate information on your eligibility. But at Martin S. Horwitz, Attorney at Law, I will be happy to review your situation and advise you of all potential benefits in the course of your claim. Among the most common are:
- Temporary Total Disability – compensation for lost wages when you are temporarily unable to return to your job.
- Wage Loss Compensation – payment for returning to a lower paying job because of restrictions due to your injury, or payment while you are searching for a job within restrictions.
- Living Maintenance Compensation – payment while you are participating in a rehabilitation program.
- Permanent Partial Disability – compensation after you return to work but still have permanent residual impairments at work and at home.
- Scheduled Loss – compensation for specific loss of a body part due to amputation or loss of use, even down to one-third of a finger. This also includes partial loss of vision or hearing.
- Permanent and Total Disability – lifetime compensation when the claimant is unable to perform any work at all at any kind of job.
- Death Benefits – payments to a dependent spouse or family member.
Cleveland Workers’ Compensation Settlement Lawyer
There is always the potential to receive a lump sum settlement to close out your workers’ compensation claim. The valuation of your claim and the timing of a settlement is something that requires the skill of an experienced attorney who is looking out for your best interests. Settling a case early may be good for the attorney because he avoids future hearings, phone calls and additional work, but it may not provide enough money to the claimant to cover future medical costs, additional conditions that result from the original injury, or future lost wages. At Martin S. Horwitz, Attorney at Law, I do not settle most claims until we have exhausted all of your benefits, your injury has healed, medical treatment has ended, and we reasonably believe you will not be entitled to much more from the claim.
Free Settlement Reviews for Older Claims
Many injured workers have received money in the past and believe they received a “settlement.” They do not know the specific benefit they received. Or, they may be working for a new employer, or no longer working at all and think there is nothing more that can be done with their claim. The statute of limitations on an injury claim can vary based on the original date of injury and date of last benefit paid. Frequently, after a free claim review on the phone, I will find that a claim is still open and the claimant may be entitled to a cash settlement. All of this can be done with a free phone call. And no office visit is necessary. If you are on permanent and total disability there are circumstances that may justify a lump sum settlement of your claim and I can review this with you.
Call Today-Free Phone Consultation-No Office Appointment Necessary
Reach out to Martin S. Horwitz, Attorney at Law for all your questions regarding your workplace injury. There is never a charge for me to review your claim and answer any and all questions. Workers’ compensation claims are handled on a contingency basis. You only pay a percentage of the money awarded. There is no risk to you and no money advanced to start the claim. Whether you are in the Greater Cleveland area or Lorain County, Lake County, Geauga County, Medina County or Summit County, you never have to come to my office for a free claim review. Call today to speak with a Certified Workers’ Compensation Specialist and to answer your questions, start your claim, or review an old claim for settlement.